Migrating swans on Horseshoe Lake.

Photo courtesy of Allison Hansen
Photo courtesy of Paul Hewitt

Pictures from Boat Parade and Golf Tournament

HLPOA Boat Parade on Labour Day Weekend.  17 boats participated all decked out in lights plus lots of great participation from the docks this year.  Kids had an awesome time cheering on the boats waving sparklers and LED lights!  Low water levels didn’t allow the parade into Little Horseshoe this year.

HLPOA 2020 Golf Tournament on Labour Day Weekend.  Kind of a sign of the COVID times – all with masks on.

It was great to see the participation. A special thanks to the organizers.

Boat Parade Rescheduled to Saturday, Sept 5th at 8PM

Rained out? No problem, we have rescheduled to Saturday, Sept 5th at 8pm with a secondary rain date of Sunday, Sept 6th!! Hope to see you there!

Horseshoe Lake Golf Tournament


Entry Fee :

  • $45.00 for 9 holes of golf / power cart and box lunch (tax included)
  • $35.00 for 9 holes of golf / power cart and no meal or with meal and no power cart (tax included)
  • $25.00 for 9 holes of golf / walking and no meal (tax included)
  • (morning tee times beginning around 9:00am)

LAKESIDE GOLF CLUB 11524 Highway 118 West Guilford

To book a foursome or as an individual CONTACT Rick Thurston @ 416-346-5877 or email to rthurston4@gmail.com

To book a power cart call the club directly at 705-754-2110 When booking a power cart please specify if you need a socially distancing divider on the cart. Players from their own “bubble” are not required to use a divider.

2020 HLPOA Kids Fishing Derby: Sunday, Aug 2nd from 6 AM to 2 PM!

The derby is back for another year in 2020 – with a few changes to make it safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Year’s Rules:

  • The derby is open to kids and youth under the age of 18.  If you are over 18, you are definitely welcome to submit your catches, there’s just no prizes for you 😊.  There’s no cost for the derby this year.
  • This year we will have categories for all of the different fish species in Horseshoe Lake.  So if it’s a fish and you catch it in Horseshoe Lake, you can submit it!
  • As there is no fish fry this year, we will be “grading” catches on the length of the fish (catch-and-release): 
    • To submit your catch, take a picture of you holding your fish AND a picture of the fish beside a tape measure or ruler such that the length of the fish is shown. 
    • Do your best to take that measurement photo in a way that is safe for the fish.  Some options include either holding it out of the water briefly to measure and photograph it, or keep the fish in a bin with water and put the tape measure beside it for the photo. 
    • You can then release your fish so they can grow even bigger!
  • Once you have measured your fish and taken those pictures, you can submit them by posting them on the 2020 Kids Fishing Derby event on the closed Horseshoe Lake (Minden) Facebook group.  Submit by 2:00 pm sharp!
  • We will have prizes for the top 2 biggest fish of each species caught by participants in the following age categories: 0 – 7, 8 – 12, and 13 – 18.  Delivery/pickup of prizes will be coordinated with the winners after the event, and will be done in a manner which is safe for everyone.

Questions…and Answers!

Q:  Where will my pictures and catch lengths be posted?

A: The Facebook group and fishing derby event are “closed”, meaning only those who are members of the Horseshoe Lake (Minden) Facebook group will be able to see them.   To be on the closed Facebook group, you have to request to join and be approved by the HLPOA administrators.  The posting of photos on the closed Facebook event/group is considered consent for use within the closed group, but not beyond the closed group.  

Q: What if I want to participate in the derby but don’t want to post on Facebook? 

A:  No problem.  Just email the photos and lengths of your fish to horseshoelakeminden@gmail.com and we’ll enter your catches in the derby.

Q:  What if I don’t know what kind of fish it is?

A:  No problem.  Submit a photo and the length of the fish as outlined above.  We’ll identify and enter your catch, and teach you how to identify it for next time!

Q: Can I keep my catch and have my own fish fry?

A: You sure can – so long as you are following the regulations for Fisheries Management Zone 15.  A great summary is found here: https://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary/fisheries-management-zone-15

When choosing fish to take for the table, we encourage you to consider selective harvest.  Selective harvest means strategically choosing which fish species and sizes to keep, so that we can have strong fish populations in future years.  For Horseshoe, you can apply selective harvest by:

  1. Choosing to harvest the more prolific species (e.g., rock bass, pike) while releasing other species, &
  2. Choosing to keep medium sized fish, rather than the big ones.  Not only do big fish have “big fish” genetics that we’d like to keep reproducing, but they produce the most eggs during spawning season. 

Boat Parade Rescheduled to Saturday Sept 5th!

Boat Parade: Rained out!! Rescheduled for 8pm Saturday, Sept 5th with a further rain date of Sunday the 6th at 8pm:
Get ready for one of the few live, in-person events anywhere this summer. Social distancing has always been a part of The Horseshoe Lake Boat Parade.
RAI It will take place Sunday, August 2nd beginning at 9 p.m. in front of the big rock at the end of Shuyler’s Island.
So decorate your boats on the lake or decorate your docks and join us at the shoreline.
Let’s light up the lake!

Canadian Lakes Loon Study

Dear Canadian Lakes Loon Survey Participant and Supporter

I’m delighted to share with you an exciting new study that uses 38 years of CLLS data from over 1500 lakes to help explain why Common Loons are producing fewer chicks: Drivers of declines in Common Loon (Gavia immer) productivity in Ontario, Canada. The paper is available in full until the end of July at https://www.‌sciencedirect.‌com/‌science/‌article/‌pii/‌S0048969720332447. Please feel free to have a look.

The study found that declines in the number of loon chicks in Ontario over the past four decades likely result from a complex interplay between damage from acid rain, mercury in fish, and climate change. Similar reasoning may also apply to declines in Common Loon productivity elsewhere across Canada (see our nation-wide study published in 2013 at https://www.ace-eco.org/vol8/iss1/art1/).

Thank you to all our present and past participants who have made this possible! We are also excited to let you know that more research based on your hard-earned CLLS data is coming soon. Please watch for updates this fall and early next winter.

If you are interested in sharing this research with your lake association, please contact me for our blog links as well as social media friendly text and graphics.

Finally, please visit our new website and volunteer portal at www.birdscanada.org/loons . Here we share important information regarding Common Loons as well as the registration links to join the program. 

Stay safe and well.

Kathy Jones

Volunteer Manager, Canadian Lakes Loon Survey

volunteer@birdscanada.org, 888-448-2473 ext 124

COVID-19 Impact on Seasonal Residents

The following link to the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Association (FOCA) website provides up to date information and any restrictions as it relates to COVID-19 and the provincial Cottage Associations.

Diane Wani

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Diane Wani, a longstanding member of the HLPOA Board of Directors and the Secretary for over 10 years. It has been a difficult winter for the Horseshoe Lake family with the loss of both Diane and Isabelle Heaven within a week of each other. They will both be sadly missed.

Isabelle Heaven

We wanted to share the sad news of the passing of Isabelle Heaven on Saturday, March 14th. Isabelle was a long time Board member of the HLPOA and was known as the matriarch of the Heaven family which has been part of the Horseshoe Lake history for decades. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

2019 Golf Tournament